New England ADA Center
August Newsletter

ADA Question of the Month - Do You Know the Answer?
Question : Is it true that a public entity (state or local government) is not required to undertake alterations that would threaten or destroy the historic significance of a qualified historic building?

The answer is at the end of the newsletter.

New England ADA Center Releases Two New Public Service Announcements - Spread the Word!
New England ADA Center We are pleased to share two new public service announcements (PSAs) on 'Aging, Disability and the ADA' aimed at reaching older Americans with disabilities who may not be aware they have rights under the ADA. The PSA's feature iconic places in Boston, Cambridge and Worcester with good accessibility that ensures community participation for all.

PTSD Center in White River Junction, Vermont Poised for Full Funding
U.S. Soldier A national Veterans Affairs center headquartered in White River Junction, Vermont is likely to be fully funded in the next fiscal year. The center focuses on researching and developing treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder, which can affect veterans who have been through combat or other stressful experiences.

Photo: Google images, public domain.

Massachusetts Finalizes New Pregnancy Workplace Law: What to Expect When Your Employees Are Expecting
Baby Massachusetts has passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which will take effect April 1, 2018. The act adds "pregnancy or a condition related to said pregnancy" to the list of protected classes under the Commonwealth's anti-discrimination act, and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations when appropriate.

Photo: Google images, public domain.

Somerville's Temple B'nai Brith Tackles Accessibility Obstacles
Temple B_nai Brith Somerville MA The only Jewish synagogue in Somerville, Massachusetts has recently completed an extensive series of accessibility upgrades. As part of Project Aliyah, or "rise up," Temple B'nai Brith installed an elevator, in addition to up-to-date fire sprinklers and bathrooms, in the nearly century-old building.

News From Outside New England
Online Now! The ADA Title II Action Guide for State and Local Governments!
ADA Title II Action Guide for State and Local Governments - 7 Steps to  Implement the ADA Graphic State and local governments (public entities) have obligations under Title II of the ADA to provide people with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all services, programs and activities. 
The ADA Title II Action Guide leads public entities through a process to compliance with the ADA.

Answer to the ADA Question of the Month

Answer: That's right! Buildings or facilities that are in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or are designated as historic under state or local law, must comply with the ADA to the maximum extent feasible, but alterations that would threaten or destroy the historic significance are not required. This determination must be made in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Officer.

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